Mumbai, Oct 10 (UNI) The Maharashtra Postal Circle today began celebrations of its annual 'National Postal Week', which commenced from yesterday.
Across the globe, October 9 is celebrated as 'World Post Day' to commemorate the setting up of the Universal Postal Union at Berne in Switzerland on October 9, 1874. While in India, it is observed as National Postal Week.
Speaking on the theme 'The Global Postal Network: Stay Connected', Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra Circle M P Rajan highlighted the key areas -- customer service, effective technology network and diversification, and said on which the department would focus on.
He then laid out the services provided by the postal department countrywide under its mail, savings, insurance and retail services, which ranged from selling tea in Assam and spices in Kerala, data mining, ID verification and mailing of festival 'prasads'.
Mr Rajan also presented upcoming projects of the department like an integrated end-to-end unit to be set up in Mumbai, an Internet portal for information and railway reservation counters.
As part of the celebrations, the department will conduct various competitions such as essay writing, painting and poster making. The week-long celebrations will end on October 13.
Maharashtra has 12,878 post offices, out of which 280 are within Mumbai city.